The Chanel jacket, reinvented.

chanel_sketch4“Inside Chanel” celebrates a new short film released by the house, retracing the history of Gabrielle Chanel and the iconic creations that helped her forge the House of CHANEL.
In this newly released video chapter by CHANEL, we discover how the Mademoiselle created the famous CHANEL jacket. The jacket  started with a suit, which she introduced as a way of moving from the 1950′s silhouette which she considered too restrictive and not reflective of the time when women were struggling with modernity. Chanel’s suit was a comfortable, stylish creation made from timeless tweed, which would eventually become the houses’ signature fabric. It was made for active women. It allowed free movement. It was versatile and able to be worn day or night. The jacket came with a refined design; it was boxy, but there was more structure, and it would fit close to the body like a second skin.The centre front would close perfectly at edge to edge.

Since 1983, Karl Lagerfeld has reinvented the tweed jacket over and over again in each collection,  in Gabrielle Chanel’s honour. As an extension to Karl and Carine Roitfeld’s book ‘The Little Black Jacket’ where we saw the timeless piece styled over a hundred different magnificent ways on international celebrities, we can now be part of the journey through time via Karl Lagerfeld’s sketches of the legendary Chanel jacket, below:
chanel_sketch3The CHANEL jacket remains a must-have item in the wardrobe’s of fashion collectors around the globe and one of the fashion worlds most iconic individual pieces. Watch its’ evolution here:

All images supplied courtesy of Chanel.

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